Nanaimo actress Brookelyn Chalmers, 14, won her first Joey Award, recognizing young Canadian actors, on Nov. 10 for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the short film Gamer’s Wife by local filmmaker Brian Morelan.
The award ceremony was held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel and Conference Centre. Chalmers said she was nervous as the moment approached and the win was unexpected.
“I was just chilling and then all of a sudden my name was called and I was like freaking out,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ I didn’t even have time to process, I just stood up and started walking over.”
Gamer’s Wife, filmed at Long Lake, is about a nerdy father who images his wife and daughter as characters from comic books and video games.
“This role, when I heard about it I was like, ‘Oh, I’m just being this little girl, just a child,’ and then I find out that I’m also playing a cave girl and then I am also a superhero and I got to do a few cool roles,” she said.
Chalmers suspects the wide acting range that was required of her is what caught the judges’ attention.
“I played a bunch of different characters … so I guess they saw a different kind of acting from me,” she said.
It’s been three years since Chalmers was last nominated for a Joey. This year she was also up for Best Actress in TV or Movie Featured Role (11-16 Years), Best Ensemble in a Short Film and Best Female Performance in a Music Video.
She said it feels good to be recognized for her work and the award tells her she’s making progress in her acting.
“It’s like, ‘Oh my God, this is working. This is going to go somewhere,” Chalmers said. “So it’s like a step forward. It’s like I passed a level and I’m moving up.”